Bang-up means lock up!

The present controversy about people being “banged up” in prison and the cost of keeping them incarcerated brings forth predictable calls from some members of the public –  sentencing regimes simply aren’t “tough” enough.

But “bang-up” in a prison context means exactly what it says.

For long periods, prisoners particularly at night and at weekends are locked in their cells, doubling as a lavatory/wash area as well as the place you eat and sleep.

You might have a TV and be able to read a book but there’s nothing you can do about your cellmate’s personal habits or the loud rap music emanating from next door.

Of course, most prisoners have brought this fate on themselves but let’s not forget the inherent  punitive aspect of having to live in this way.

Making life harsher in prison would only make them virtually unmanageable costing even more public money to control.

In my view, simply being incarcerated is punishment enough for those prisoners who abide by the rules. Any comments?

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